If Jesus did it, you can do it also!

Jesus was first of all the Son of Man before He became the Son of God. He only became the Son of God after His resurrection from the dead (Hebrews 5:5). 

He had in fact often referred to Himself in the scriptures as the Son of Man (Matthew 26:24). 

He referred to Himself in this way over and over again because, He wanted us to comprehend that He was a Man, just like us on this earth. He was the Son of Man who had received the Spirit of God without measure on the earth (John 3:34).

Jesus was known in Nazareth (His native hometown) as the Son of Joseph, the Carpenter. He lived the same typical Jewish lifestyle as most of the young people of His time at Nazareth. He encountered the typical challenges that we are facing with the evil one around us. 

Most people don’t even know that His earthly father (Joseph) died while He was still in His teens. Jesus had to grow up helping to continue the family carpentry business which Joseph had left behind. And with the income from that business, He had supported His mother (Mary), in taking care of His other younger three brothers and two sisters (Mark 6:3). 

This was a challenging time in the life of Jesus, as He was growing up to become an adult. There is therefore no challenge that you are going through today, that Jesus never went through as a Man. 

After His other siblings had grown up into the maturity in taking care of themselves, Jesus had to get out of the house to fulfill the call of His Father in Heaven. He had to separate Himself completely to that calling of God, by moving away from His siblings to establish His ministry headquarters at Capernaum. 

The evidence is there for us to see that He did a great job, in laying the godly and prosperous foundation for the future of all His family members before doing this. Jesus played that role successfully as the Son of Man within His own family, to the extent that after He had left them alone to fend for themselves, they all had to leave Nazareth to follow Him at Capernaum. It was from Capernaum that the good news of His works, started spreading out throughout the nation of Israel. 

Just as He was successful in overcoming those challenges, Jesus expects each one of us to be successful in overcoming every challenge in our lives today. He had overcome the evil one already; and had given us the victory in His name. If we are truly following His examples from the scriptures, we will discover that there is nothing stopping us from being victorious at all times over the devil. 

Jesus lived a victorious life because He had learnt to depend on His Heavenly Father, instead of considering the circumstances of His life and upbringing without Joseph (his earthly father). In the absence of Joseph in His life, Jesus never wasted time by looking up to His Father in Heaven, as the only Father Who was truly and always there for Him. 

And as He depended on His Heavenly Father, so as to be able to walk in constant victory on the earth, He expects us to be dependent on our Father in Heaven also. 

That was why He gave us His name to be using in prayer, whenever we are approaching the Father in Heaven. Everything that He taught us in the scriptures, had been personally and successfully practiced by Him. He will never tell you to do anything that He had not done with success before. And if it worked for Jesus, it would work for you also. 

Victory comes through prayer 

Go on bended knees before the Father

Victory came to Jesus in the place of prayer. Up to the very moment of His death on the cross at Calvary, He was talking with the Father in prayer. He breathed prayer as we are breathing air for living at all times. 

Praying was a lifestyle pattern for Him in getting the wisdom that He needed, to assist (His mother) Mary as He grew up into Manhood. The challenges of His upbringing at Nazareth prepared His prayer life for the higher calling of God. 

He was persistent in praying when faced with the challenges of life at Nazareth, as He was growing up to become an adult. Those challenges had actually helped Him in becoming, Who He ended up becoming – the Son of God. 

That’s why parents have the responsibility at home to be teaching their children, how to pray in overcoming their individual challenges. 

The local Church is there to help, but there are some things that children would rather want their parents, to tackle with them alone at home. By joining your faith with their faith in overcoming those small challenges, you are helping them to develop their spiritual muscles to be praying for bigger things in life. 

The scripture said about Jesus teaching the disciples on one occasion that:

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Oftentimes when Christians are not getting an immediate answer to prayer, there arises the tendency to become wary or lose heart. But it’s actually at this time that we are supposed to be putting pressure on God’s word with our faith, to perform for us in prayer.

Jesus never expects us to become wary or lose heart by giving up in prayer. Those who are giving up can’t stand victoriously. The devil will always do many things to hinder your prayers, but if you don’t lose heart, you will be victorious. 

One of the easiest weapons of the enemy against your prayer comes through the mind; especially if you are not constantly renewing your mind with the promises of God, that you are standing upon in prayer. The devil does this through the thoughts of the mind, that are contrary to the promises of God. 

Prayer was the secret to the victory of Jesus. It has to be part of us as Christians also. Praying at all times is what we were commanded by Jesus to be doing. 

In other words, our attitude to the issues of life generally is supposed to be with prayers on the mind, instead of allowing the enemy to touch our godly thoughts concerning them. The enemy knows that if he can control your thought life, he will succeed in making you wary and lose heart about praying.

The world today needs prayer more than ever before, because the onslaught of the enemy is increasing more and more daily. If you are not being constantly prayerful, you may find yourself being entrapped in his wiles. 

Jesus knew how the challenges of our world today, may force His believers to take their eyes off the victory. This is exactly what the enemy wants. The devil wants you to be talking more about your problems, and everything that he is doing so as to hinder your faith. 

As you are talking about him, you will begin to gradually become wary and eventually lose heart. He doesn’t want you to ever consider the victory, that Jesus had already given you in your thought life.  

The world in which Jesus lived was full of problems, but in the midst of the miracles, signs and wonders that He was performing; He still found the time to be praying more and more. In fact, He could not had been able to perform those miracles, without a strong prayer life. 

The scripture said about Jesus that:

“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This scripture text suggests that He never went to the mountain to sleep after praying awhile. No, but He went up the mountain with the sole purpose of praying. And when He prayed, He prayed without taking a break throughout the night.

The scripture says again that:

“And in the daytime, He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭21:37-38‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This was the normal way of life for the victorious Son of Man. And anyone who wants to be in constant flow of victory through prayer, needs to emulate His examples from the scriptures. 

Jesus spent all night in prayer to God alone on the mountain top. He didn’t take any of the disciples with Him, because He wanted some intimate moments with the Father in prayer. 

Can you imagine Jesus being alone in the darkness of the night on the mountain? He was a Man like you and me; but He was able to disassociate himself from the noisy crowd that was thronging around Him. You therefore have no excuse for not praying, because of the demands of the works of God’s Kingdom. The works of God’s Kingdom is in fact about praying. 

Jesus needed some time to go into consultation with the Father. He depended on the Father alone for answers to the challenges that He encountered daily as the Son of Man. This was why He said in another place while He was talking with the Pharisees that:

“I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”
‭‭John‬ ‭8:38‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

And this was what He had taught the early disciples to be doing also. He taught them how to depend on the Father in prayer. Jesus sets a precedent for us in prayer to be following, as we are seeking the face of the Father. 

Jesus as the Son of Man needed to be renewing His spiritual strength daily, by fellowshipping with the Father in prayer. As the eagle mounts up the mountain for the renewal of its strength, Jesus did the same thing as a pattern of life. He liked to go up the mountain to pray at night.

A Christian who wants to be spiritually soaring higher as the eagle in constant flow of victory, needs to be praying at all times. If prayer worked for Jesus on this earth, it would work for anyone who will believe in it. 

The problem with many is that they like to talk about their issues with people, instead of taking about it with the Father in prayer. The devil has snared them with the negative confessions of their situations with people. He has entrapped them with their own words, so therefore they are unable to walk in victory, even though they are praying. 

They then will begin to wonder why their prayer is not working. Wisdom from the life of Jesus is always there to teach us, that how we are praying is crucial to every victory in the life of a Bible believing Christian. 

Jesus was the Son of Man on the earth, and as a Man like us, He felt the same things that we are feeling daily. He is the only One in Heaven today who can associate with our situations on the earth. He had been through whatever we are confronting daily in our Christian lives. 

The Bible says:

“Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭5:8-9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Ascending the mountain is not an easy task, but Jesus did it because He cherished those moments of prayer on the mountain with the Father at all times. He was always looking forward to it with an elated heart, because He knew that every answer to every situation in life comes from the Father.

He became perfected in His suffering, so that we can be able, to receive the perfect and complete victory through His resurrection and ascension.

Be persistent in prayer and never give up 

Persevere to the end!

I personally strongly believe that Jesus spent a lot of time waiting on the mountain, before the Father for the answer to some of His prayers. 

Those moments of waiting are the moments of fellowshipping with the Father, when He never had to do anything but to enjoy the presence of the Father. It’s during those moments of waiting in His presence for answers to our prayers, that His very presence begins to fill us with His glory.

At the garden of Gethsemane Jesus spent three hours in prayer to the Father. And the scripture says that every time He returned back to the Father, He was just saying the same thing that He had said before. 

The scripture says:

“Again, He went away and prayed and spoke the same words.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:39‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Yes, Jesus had to repeat Himself before the Father each time. He was not speaking vain and empty words, but He was making intercession before the Father. The same daily confession of your faith in prayer has a way of increasing the tenacity of your faith. 

Being persistent in saying the same thing reveals the situation of your heart to the Father. He will speedily grant your request to Him with the confession of your mouth. 

It’s just like a lawyer will make a plea before a judge in a court of law. He has to argue his case based on the point of the law, and the legal precedents that had been established before the courts of the land. He may repeat his argument over and over again, so as to convince the judge in granting his request. 

The attorney is not saying vain things before the judge, but he is laying a strong foundation for his case in this way, just as you are laying a strong foundation with the promises of God and the testimonies of other. It may sound boring to a novice in court, as he is listening to the attorney making his argument; but the judge is attentively listening to him. 

The judge understands every argument with every point of the law, that is being made with the precedents before him. Your Heavenly Father hears and understands your prayers in this way also.

The attorney knows that the way by which he is making the legal arguments with those precedents, may cause his request to be accepted or to be denied by the judge. 

This is the same situation with us when we are praying before the Father. Our prayer needs the legal or scriptural basis from the written word of God to the Father. It also needs a legal precedent from the testimonies of others, whose request in prayer had been granted before by the Father.

In the parable of the persistent widow Jesus made it clear, that the widow never stopped pleading her case before the judge. She kept on saying the same thing until the judge finally said:

“Yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Luke‬ ‭18:5-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

It’s important that whatever we are saying matches up with the promises of God from the scriptures. 

At the end of this parable Jesus highlighted the importance of our faith, in what we are confessing before the Father. Anybody can say anything that God’s word says about any situation, but if it is not being mixed with faith, it will produce no result. 

Jesus said again:

“Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7-8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Now, how was Jesus asking, seeking and knocking? The scriptures gave us an example of this while He was praying in the garden of Gethsemane. It says:

“Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:43-44‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Jesus was asking, seeking and knocking earnestly. The angel of the Lord appeared to Him and strengthened Him in the spirit to be praying like this. His whole being was deeply involved in intercession. He gave His heart, His mind and His body to prayer and intercession in this way. 

What appeared to be like blood was dropping off His body. The Bible says:

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In the same manner as the angel of the Lord strengthened Jesus to be praying like this, the Holy Spirit can quicken our spirit, mind and body to be involved in deep intercession about the will of God for our lives. 

Jesus was not trying to avoid being in the will of the Father, by praying in this way. He was seeking to position Himself in the perfect will of the Father. He was not seeking to escape death on the cross. 

He was praying for the will of the Father to be fulfilled, in raising Him up from the dead. And eventually that perfect will of the Father came to pass. Jesus was risen from the dead to give us the victory. He did this to show us how we can also be persistent in prayer also.

When we keep on asking, seeking and knocking it is our faith that is actually being empowered. Faith must get to the point where it will overflow with our daily confessions, for God’s power to be released in answering our prayers. 

By laying the same precedent in prayer, we are laying a solid foundation for our intercession before the Father. God can never turn His back on any precedent in our prayer before Him, that is collaborated with the scriptures. He can’t deny His own words in the Bible. 

That’s why it’s important to search the scriptures for the testimonies or precedents, that fits into your prayer before the Father, in laying the foundation for your request to Him. If it’s in the scriptures, then it’s surely going to touch the heart of the Father. If He had done it for others before in the scriptures, He will have to do it for you also.

Don’t be wary of waiting to the end  

Don’t let weariness of heart kill your faith

 That’s why our waiting time is never wasted before Him. It’s like an eagle that is waiting on the mountain top to renew its strength. The eagle waits persistently and patiently. It is not in a hurry at all. Nights and days will come and go away, but all it does is to wait. It waits for the cycle of healing and restoration to be completed.

The purpose of the eagle that is waiting in seclusion on the mountain top is to renew its strength. It needs a new beak, new set of claws for the feet, new feathers for the wings and many other things, that are meant to make it the most skilled hunter among all the birds in the air. Jesus waited all night on the mountain for new strength for every new day.

The scripture says about God:

“Are there any among the idols of the nations that can cause rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are You not He, O Lord our God? Therefore, we will wait for You, Since You have made all these.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭14:22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If you are waiting on the Lord, you will have to be waiting while renewing your mind. No one waits before the Father for nothing. Our waiting time is the moment when the mind has to be renewed, so as to be able to receive new strength, and be able to run with the answer from the Lord God. 

A renewed mind is steadfast in the face of opposition. The mind that is renewed stays steadfastly on the promises of God. He is not moved or swayed by every opposition of the enemy. He waits for the Lord and is never concerned about the noises from the world and the enemy, to make him move from his position of dominion and authority.

A renewed mind that is waiting on the Lord is dwelling in the glory of the Almighty God. He is not even noticing anything that the enemy is doing against him and his faith, because God’s glory overshadows every scheme of the enemy against him (Psalms 91:1).

The eagle goes through a lot of changes as it waits for its transformation to be completed. And when the time finally comes for it to come out of its seclusion, there is an excitement within it about the newness of life that has been restored. 

It’s just as the people were always excited as Jesus came down from the mountain after spending time with the Father in prayer (Matthew 8:10).

This is the moment when we as Christians ought to start praising the Lord. His praise has to be overflowing through our hearts, because of the sense of urgency that we have received from the presence of the Lord in prayer. 

As the Psalmist said:

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Constant prayer goes hand in hand with constant praises at all times. It’s the continuous praises that you are giving to the Lord with your mouth, that moves His hand into your situation. 

So, keep on praying and praising the Lord with thanksgiving. Keep on asking. Keep on seeking and keep on believing. Something is about to happen suddenly in your life as you do. 


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